Metallica legend Lars Ulrich has slammed fans for complaining about the sound quality of the group's latest album DEATH MAGNETIC - insisting the unpolished finish was intentional.
Hoardes of rock fans have hit online music forums to discuss their disappointment in the LP's production, with many feeling the record is "too loud".
As a further blow, fans have labelled the version available through the Guitar Hero video game as superior to the actual official release.
But Ulrich disagrees with the comments that have surfaced since the record hit stores earlier this month (Sep08), and is proud of the album's live feel.
He tells Blender magazine, "(Producer) Rick Rubin's whole thing is to try and get it to sound lively, to get it (to) sound loud, to get it to sound exciting, to get it to jump out of the speakers. Of course, I've heard that there are a few people complaining. But I've been listening to it the last couple of days in my car, and it sounds f**kin' smokin."
And the drummer blames the Internet for fan's unrest - because it fuels people's urge to complain.
He adds, "The difference between back then and now is the internet. The internet gives everybody a voice, and the Internet has a tendency to give the complainers a louder voice."